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Weekly Round-Up: Write Your Way Out

Every week our editors publish somewhere between 10 and 15 blog posts—but it can be hard to keep up amidst the busyness of everyday life. To make sure you never miss another post, we've created a new weekly round-up series. Each Saturday, find the previous week's posts all in one place.

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Who Tells Your Story?

Your fiction shouldn't read like someone else wrote it. Follow two simple tips to make your fiction original.

You may have been inspired by Broadway-hit Hamilton to "write like you need it to survive," but there's more to learn from the titular character than just increased prolificacy. Find out What Fiction Writers Can Learn From Hamilton’s Character Flaws.

Breaking In

There is a lot for new writers to consider, so start with these articles:

For some literal breaking in (or, at least, something a bit closer), make sure you know the differences between crime novels, mystery novels, and thriller novels.

Agents and Opportunities

This week's new literary agent alert is for Claire Easton of Painted Words. She is looking for author-illustrated picture books, as well as some middle-grade and young adult manuscripts.

Poetic Asides

For this week's Wednesday Poetry Prompt, write a "one" poem.

Challenge yourself by trying out a Welsh poetic form: the cywydd llosgyrnog. If that's not enough for you, here are 11 French poetic forms for you to try.

This week's Poetry Spotlight shines on Open Books, a bookstore in Seattle that specializes in poetry.

How Can I Help You?

How Can I Help You?

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, your character is a high-end retail salesperson.

Phong Nguyen: On Freedom To Invent in Historical Fiction

Phong Nguyen: On Freedom To Invent in Historical Fiction

Award-winning author Phong Nguyen discusses his lifelong dream of writing his new historical fiction novel, Bronze Drum.

Historical Fiction Authors Don’t Expect Their Characters’ Battles To Appear in Modern Headlines, but Here We Are

Historical Fiction Authors Don’t Expect Their Characters’ Battles To Appear in Modern Headlines, but Here We Are

What happens to historical fiction when history repeats itself? Author Addison Armstrong discusses writing about the past and seeing it reflected in the present.

From Script

Art and Independence (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script magazine, exclusive interviews with Neil Gaiman’s “The Sandman” television writer Vanessa Benton, Allegoria writer-director Spider One, Hulu’s Prey screenwriter Patrick Aison and director Dan Trachtenberg, and more!

Steven Hartov: On Shocking Truths in Historical Fiction

Steven Hartov: On Shocking Truths in Historical Fiction

New York Times bestselling author Steven Hartov discusses the surprising truths he discovered when writing his new historical fiction novel, The Last of the Seven.

Larry Beinhart: On Rejection Leading to Mystery

Larry Beinhart: On Rejection Leading to Mystery

Award-winning author Larry Beinhart discusses what he learned in the process of writing his new mystery novel, The Deal Goes Down.

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WD Presents: A Competition Announcement, 6 WDU Courses, and More!

This week, we're excited to announce our self-published e-book awards, 6 WDU courses, and more!

Leah Franqui: On Killing Our Critical Inner Voices

Leah Franqui: On Killing Our Critical Inner Voices

Award-winning playwright and author Leah Franqui discusses how she examined her life through a fictive lens with her new novel, After the Hurricane.

Pacing Your Fight Scene (FightWrite™)

Pacing Your Fight Scene (FightWrite™)

Trained fighter and author Carla Hoch discusses how to pace your story's fight scene and shares three examples from writers who tackle pacing differently.